Two members of Senate Republican leadership say they think an initial phase of the impeachment trial — where both sides present their cases — could last approximately two weeks.
“For them to present them their prima facie case, I would assume that’s the right amount of time,” he said when asked if he was saying he thought that portion of the trial would take roughly two weeks.
Senators, under Schumer’s proposal, would then get 16 hours to ask questions.
It’s what happens after both sides present their cases, namely if they call witnesses, that is still a looming question for senators as they gear up for a trial and would have an impact on the total length of the trial. Former President Clinton’s impeachment trial ran for approximately five weeks.
Schumer, in his letter to McConnell, said he wants one resolution that would be passed at the outset of the trial that would govern both the proceeding rules and specific witnesses.
“The president’s not going to be removed from office. The only issue is how long do we want to take to get the final decision. I think that we’ve heard enough. We’re going to listen to arguments, but my view is it’s time to vote and move on,” McConnell said.